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Dear future generations,
I think I speak for the rest of us when I say, "Sorry."
Sorry we left you with our mess of a planet.
Sorry that we were too caught up in our own doings to do something.
Sorry we listened to people who made excuses to do nothing.
I hope you forgive us.
We just didn't realize how special the earth was. Like a marriage gone wrong,
we didn't know what we had, until it was... gone.
For example, I'm guessing you probably know what is the Amazon Desert, right?
Well, believe it or not, it was once called the Amazon Rainforest,
and there were billions of trees there,
all of them gorgeous, and...
Oh!
You don't know much about trees, do you?
Well, let me tell you, trees are amazing.
I mean, we literally breath the air they are creating.
They clean up our pollution, our carbon.
They store and purify water,
give us medicine that cures our diseases,
food that feeds us.
Which is why I'm so sorry to tell you that we burned them down,
cut them down with brutal machines, horrific, at a rate of 40 football fields every minute.
That's 50 percent of all the trees in the world gone in the last 100 years.
Why?
For this.
And that wouldn't make me so sad,
if it weren't so many pictures of leaves on it.
You know when I was a child,
I read how the Native Americans had such consideration for the planet
that they felt responsible for how they left the land for the next 7 generations,
which brings me great sorrow,
because most of us today don't even care about tomorrow.
So I'm sorry.
I'm, I'm sorry that we put profit above people,
greed above need,
the rule of gold above the golden rule.
I'm sorry we use nature as a credit card with no spending limit,
over drafting animals to extinction,
stealing your chance to ever see their uniqueness,
or become friends with them.
Sorry we poison the ocean so much that you can't even swim in them.
But most of all, I'm sorry about our mindset,
cause we had the nerve to call this destruction "progress."
Hey Fox News!
If you don't think climate change is a threat,
I dare you to interview the thousands of homeless people in Bangladesh.
See while... while you were in your penthouse nestled,
their homes were literally washed away beneath their feet due to rising sea levels.
And Sarah Palin, you said that you love the smell of fossil fuels.
Well I urge you to talk to the kids of Beijing,
who are forced to wear pollution masks just to go to school.
See, you can ignore this,
but the thing about truth is...
it can be denied, not avoided.
So I'm sorry future generations.
I'm sorry that our footprint became a sinkhole and not a garden.
I'm sorry that we paid so much attention to ISIS
and very little to how fast the ice is melting in the Arctic.
I'm sorry we doomed you.
I'm sorry we couldn't find another planet in time to move to.
I am s......
You know what?
Cut the beat.
I'm not sorry.
This future, I do not accept it,
because an error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.
We can redirect this.
How?
Let me suggest that
if a farmer sees a tree that is unhealthy,
they don't look at the branches to diagnose it,
they look at the root.
So like that farmer we must look at the root,
and not to the branches of government,
not to the politician run by corporations.
We are the root.
We are the foundation.
This generation, it is up to us to take care of this planet.
It is our only home.
We must globally warm our hearts and change the climate of our souls,
and realize that we are not apart from nature, we are a part of nature,
and to betray nature is to betray us, to save nature is to save us.
Because whatever you're fighting for, racism or poverty,
feminism, gay rights or any type of equality,
it won't matter in the least.
Because if we don't all work together to save the environment,
we will be equally extinct.
Sorry.
Hey, guys.
For the past several weeks, I've been here in Africa, the heart of Africa,
witnessing the horrific destruction of the rainforest,
which inspired me to write this piece.
Why are forests being destroyed at a such enormous rate?
For this.
Today we live in a world where destroying trees makes you money.
So what can we, normal people, do about it?
One way to directly fight the destruction is to Stand for Trees.
By standing for trees not only can you save the lives of trees,
help forest communities, and protect the rights of animals to live in their homes,
but you will also balance the amount of pollution you yourself give off with your everyday activities,
making you a part of the solution, not the problem.
This is the option that I chose,
but whatever way you choose to stand for trees, do it.
Because a wise man once said, "When the rivers are all dried up and the trees cut down,
man will then realize that he will not be able to eat money."
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致未來世代:對不起 (Dear Future Generations: Sorry)

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Joyce Lee 發佈於 2018 年 1 月 1 日

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大家有想像過七個世代之後地球會長什麼樣?從前災難片演出連空氣都是有毒的情景,如今已經成真,這個影片透過一封給未來世代的信凸顯了我們現在遇到的許多環境問題,包括氣候變遷和過於依賴化石燃料等。地球是我們大家的家,這真的是非常值得我們關注的問題!

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make excuses0:28
make excuses 的意思是「找藉口」,我們直接來看看例句吧!
Student: I had to help my mom with chores yesterday, and I felt sick after, so I couldn't finish my homework.
學生:我昨天要幫我媽媽做家事,做完就生病了所以我的功課沒有寫完。
Teacher: Don't make excuses. Finishing homework is a student's responsibility.
老師:不要找藉口,做功課是學生的責任。


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at a rate of1:23
at a rate of 是「速率」或「速度」的意思。它的用法是 at a rate of (measurement) every/per (time),measurement 這邊是有可能是長度、容積、面積等,time 就是時間。影片的用法是 at a rate of 40 football fields every minute,意思是每分鐘砍掉的樹木面積有四十座足球場這麼大。

提供給大家一些其他的用法:
According to the Guinness World Records, bamboo can grow at a rate of 91 cm per day.
根據金氏世界紀錄,竹子可以以每天91公分的速率生長。

On average, human hair grows at the rate of 15 cm every year.
平均來說,人類毛髮生長的速率是每年十五公分。


*同場加映:
TED-Ed:不斷在運動的地球 (The Pangaea Pop-up - Michael Molina)


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consideration for1:46
在不同的情況下 consideration 會有「考慮」、「細心思考」、「體貼」、「尊重」等的意思。先來看看影片的用法:
I read how the Native Americans had such consideration for the planet that they felt responsible for how they left the land for the next 7 generations.
我曾經讀到美國原住民是如何細心呵護地球,他們認為自己對於留給接下來的七個世代的土地有責任。


這邊句子裡 consideration for 的翻譯是「細心呵護」,英文原意也有「尊重」和「體貼」的意思。

consideration for 也有其他的用法:
You should have more consideration for others.
你應該更為別人著想。

You should write a letter asking for consideration for employment.
你可以寫信請他們考慮僱用你。


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golden rule2:10
golden rule 可以翻成「黃金定律」,意思是「寬恕之道」 。我們常聽到的「黃金比例」是 golden ratio,意思不一樣!影片裡的用法:
I'm sorry that we put profit above people, greed above need, the rule of gold above the golden rule.
非常抱歉,我們將利益置於人民之上,將貪婪置於需求之上,將生財之道置於寬恕之道之上。

而黃金比例則是一個普遍存在於大自然的比例: 1:1.168。
Leonardo da Vinci was the first man who analyzed human body through the lens of mathematics and discovered the golden ratio of human body.
李奧納多達文西是第一位用數學來解析人體的人,並發現了人體黃金比例的存在。


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climate change2:41
climate change 是「氣候變遷」,我們一起來了解氣候變遷到底是怎麼一回事。

*同場加映:
氣候變遷:地球版俄羅斯方塊 (Climate change: Earth's giant game of Tetris - Joss Fong)


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fossil fuels2:58
fossil fuels 是「化石燃料」,包括煤炭、石油和天然氣等資源。
We need to discuss how to reduce fossil fuel dependence.
我們需要討論如何降低對化石燃料的依賴。

This is the data on carbon dioxide emissions resulting from burning fossil fuels.
這是燃燒化石燃料產生出的二氧化碳排放量的數據。


想瞭解更多關於化石燃料的話可以參考下面的影片。

*同場加映:
五分鐘的300年石化燃料簡史 (300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds)


大家對這個影片是否感到震撼呢?小編看完覺得大家真的需要多關心和呵護我們所住的地球,也歡迎跟我們分享你的想法!

文/ 李喬伊
編輯/ Primrose Huang

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